Wednesday, September 23, 2015

HOT NEW RELEASE: Practice What You Praise

I'm so pleased to interview Candice Y. Johnson on my Blog today. Just the cover alone has me wanting to read this book!
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A teen mother, a praise dance team … who gives whom the right to praise?


About the Book
Pregnant and unwed, Jojo was quickly dismissed from the church's praise team, though the baby's father (a choir musician) remained in his position thanks to his familial ties at church. Two years later, Jojo believes she's paid the price for her choices and wants her spot back--after all, anyone who has ever seen her dance knows that she's anointed to praise Him in the dance. But how long must one "sit down" before being reinstated? Isn't a repentant heart and a humbled spirit enough?

Pastor Trigg wants to lead the church in the right direction, but the congregation seems quite divided about how to move forward with letting Jojo--who is still in high school--dance in the sanctuary. Will allowing her to dance set a bad precedent? Can the members forgive and forget? While trying to sort through what's best for the church, his personal life seems to be a total bust. Will he ever find true love?

This debut work deals with a sensitive topic while maintaining a uniquely humorous point of view. Jojo will have you laughing out loud and make you while the story line begs the question: Who gives whom the right to praise?


Q: Can you tell me about the books you've written?
A: What haven’t I written? I’ve taken a stab at everything from simply tagging my John Hancock on a brand new apartment lease, to the exit paperwork after the position at the job I’d worked for was suddenly eliminated after 14 years! Seriously, though – I have freelanced for TV Guide magazine, The Dallas Morning News, The Associated Press, Curly Nikki, and my own natural hair blog, The Frizzness.

Q: When did you begin your writing career?
A: I’ve always had a love affair with words; I began reading at an age when most kids are concentrating on crayons as a midday snack. Reading books and playing with poetry became my world! In high school, I was blessed to attend journalism camps, which eventually led to an editorial assistant gig for the AP.  

Q: Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?
A: Full-time...by default. But I’m also the Artistic Director of Ordered Steps Productions Dance Company, and I balance between dancing and writing by hitting the keyboard during the day, stolen moments at night when I’m not teaching/rehearsing, or typing notes into my phone when the words won’t stop talking to me.  

Q: What’s your writing process? (Number of days you write per week, a.m. or p.m., specific music you play while writing, or anything else that you feel is a vital part of your creative process.)
A: In most cases, I crave NOISE around me. So when I’m writing during the day, I love having the sounds of the court shows entertaining me. I’m not really all that deep and don’t take myself too seriously, so my method is totally informal. And food. I always need food in my path.

What’s your inspiration?
A: Anything that makes me laugh, and most of what doesn’t break me.

Q: What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?
A: The same as my dance – a legacy of healing hearts.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
A: Kick FEAR in the teeth and let it know it doesn’t own you! Go for it – don’t let the opinions of others keep you from completing your destiny.

Q: What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?
A: Mostly novels by Michelle Stimpson, Tiffany L. Warren and Kimberla Lawson Roby.

Q: What are you currently working on?
A: The next novel in my Practice What You Praise series is already getting my attention, as well as a children’s book series that won’t let my heart go.

About the Author

Candice Y. Johnson is a choreographer, dancer, indie actress, speaker, author and freelance writer who has rested her head on a pillow in Dallas, Texas for most of her life. Known for her dynamic choreography as the artistic director of the award-winning Ordered Steps Productions dance company, Candice has garnered more social media support for her original, creative, energetic writing style than her not-so-veiled obsession with Tabasco Sauce! Her work has been featured in the Associated Press, the Dallas Morning News, TV Guide, Curly Nikki, Mahogany Curls, her own blog – The Frizzness, and so much more! Currently, she’s using her left-handed brainpower to pour into the next chapter of the Practice What You Praise novel series!

When not enjoying the occasional fleeting moment at home with her hubby, this dance ministry coach and encourager moves to her own invisible beat, and is dancing from her keyboard straight to the heart of the people!

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